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My 1991 ford escort won't turn over. Fully charged battery. any ideas?

Checked micro switch at shifter {automatic}. wife turned key I tested power to starter. no power. relay under hood is clicking. relay under dash is clicking. tried it in neutral,still nothing.

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There is no relay involved in the starter circuit of this vehicle . The micro switch you are talking about at the shifter has nothing to do with the starting circuiIt either . If you have a automatic transmission There is on the transmission the park neutral safety switch . Won't allow the vehicle to start unless the transmission is in park or neutral . Ford calls the switch manual lever position switch . Try moving the shift lever to netual to see if it starts .

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  • Jeff Armer Dec 03, 2016

    There are eight wires going to the manual lever position switch . The black with red stripe wire at the switch goes to the starter . The black with dark blue stripe comes from the ignition switch . I would check these two wires for B+ voltage while having your wife turning the key to the start position .

  • Jeff Armer Dec 03, 2016

    If you have no B+ voltage at the black with dark blue stripe the ignition switch is bad . If no B+ voltage at the black with red stripe wire an there is on the other wire I mentioned , the park neutral switch is bad.

  • Jeff Armer Dec 03, 2016

    You can see this on a wiring diagram at

  • Jeff Armer Dec 03, 2016

    Look under transmission transaxle in system !
    Then under subsystem transmission controls . After you enter your vehicle info , make , model year , engine size etc..

  • david dionne
    david dionne Dec 03, 2016

    I've tried it in neutral still nothing.

  • Jeff Armer Dec 04, 2016

    Your park neutral swith or ignition switch could be bad ! I told you above how to test it !



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